Updated 5:08 pm, Friday, August 18, 2017
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The Institute for Women’s Health warned patients that hackers might have stolen a few of their personal info or credit score or debit card data, the physicians’ group stated Thursday.
The San Antonio OBGYN apply stated a so-called keylogger virus was put in on its network on June 5. The virus was found July 6 and the corporate took motion to take away it “from the majority of all network computers and terminal servers by July 11, 2017, resolving it completely by July 13, 2017,” it stated in a press release.
The firm didn’t disclose what number of patients may need been affected.
A keylogger virus “can be the equivalent of digital surveillance, revealing every click and touch,” in accordance with virus safety firm McAfee.
Cybercriminals use keyloggers to steal passwords or monetary info as you sort it into your pc. That info can then be used to steal your cash or id, warned McAfee in a 2013 weblog publish.
“If a patient paid for services with a credit or debit card from June 5, 2017 through July 11, 2017, some of their credit or debit information may have been captured,” the corporate stated. “Other types of information found to be affected generally include the following: names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security Numbers, scheduling notes, current procedural technology and other billing codes, and any other information that may have been keyed (typed) into the IFWH system during this time period.”
“Patient Portal information was not accessed at any point,” IFWH added.
The firm despatched letters to patients who might have been affected and is providing them id theft safety providers by means of ID Experts.
“MyIDCare services include: Twelve months of credit monitoring, a $1,000,000 insurance reimbursement policy, exclusive educational materials and fully managed ID theft recovery services,” the corporate stated.
IFWH stated it additionally notified each the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Health and Human Services.
“A variety of security measures were in place before this incident, including network filtering and security monitoring, firewalls, antivirus software and password protection,” the physician’s workplace stated. “After the incident, IFWH implemented additional safeguards to improve data security on its web server infrastructure and reduce the risk of exploitation. IFWH continues to assess its security systems and work with the appropriate law enforcement agencies to prevent future breaches.”